Trends in Mobile and Cloud Technology: Redefining Medicine Around the World
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Around the world, shifting demographics are putting more pressure on health systems that are struggling to catch up to changing expectations.
Not only are patients becoming more informed about treatment options and more adept at managing their own health, but they are looking for more proactive, preventative options tailored to their specific needs when they do interact with care providers.
Technology is at the crux of this — serving as both the driver of change and the solution. It has already fundamentally changed how we stay healthy, how and when we get treatment, and how we interact with our care providers.
The recent explosion of wearable devices is one positive change that will drive better care through real data. Fitness bands and mobile phones equipped with sensors that can monitor health activity are now widely available and affordable. For individuals, real data can be aggregated and analyzed on health platforms, helping them understand how to make changes towards wellness and to go beyond a “quantified self” to a “knowledgeable self.” It also drives more meaningful interactions with patients and physicians by giving clinicians a more comprehensive view through the patient’s actual heart rate, activity and sleep data.